How Do I Respond To A Dental Emergency?

When a tooth sustains serious damage, or if you begin to experience pain in or around your teeth and gums, then you may be experiencing a dental emergency. We can see you and offer solutions to your problems, but what should you do in the immediate aftermath of a dental emergency?

Try Our Quiz on Dental Emergencies

  1. True or False: Don’t touch a knocked-out tooth by the root.
  2. True or False: Don’t use anything other than floss to remove something caught between teeth.
  3. True or False: Rinse with warm water after chipping a tooth.
  4. True or False: Loose restorations require immediate treatment.

Answer Key

  1. True. If you knock-out a tooth, pick it up by the crown, or visible portion. Gently rinse the tooth under running water to remove dirt, but take care not to remove any tissue. You can then place the tooth in a glass of salt water or a glass of milk and bring it with you to the office.
  2. True. If an object becomes stuck between your teeth and causes discomfort, only use floss to try and dislodge it. Otherwise, you could end up damaging the gums and making the problem substantially worse. We can help remove the object at the office.
  3. True. First, try to pick up any pieces of your tooth you can recover. If you can’t, that’s okay, we can still fix your tooth. We suggest rinsing with warm water and then placing a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. If there is bleeding, use a piece of cloth or gauze to stem it.
  4. True. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks, as this can cause pain in your exposed tooth. We can repair your damaged or loose restorations.

Do You Need Emergency Treatment?

We can address your dental emergency quickly. At Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we can use our comprehensive approach to dental care to repair your tooth. We proudly offer our services to individuals from Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about us, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.